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Torrential rains cause deadly flash flooding in Pakistan’s Karachi, 15 killed

Public services in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, have been suspended and businesses are being urged to close, as torrential rains cause deadly flash flooding and infrastructure damage, leaving at least 15 dead since Saturday. On Sunday night, more than 60 millimeters of rain fell in Karachi, equivalent to an entire months’ worth of rainfall in […]

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US President Joe Biden is considering announcing climate emergency: John Kerry

The US climate envoy, John Kerry, says President Joe Biden is considering announcing a climate emergency. The move would give him additional powers to push his renewable energy agenda, which has been held up by lack of support in Congress. Mr Kerry said nobody was more committed than President Biden to replacing carbon-based energy. Mr […]

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Antarctica: Glacier potentially the size of Great Britain or Florida could shatter within five years

Scientists are warning of dramatic changes at one of the biggest glaciers in Antarctica, potentially within the next five to 10 years. They say a floating section at the front of Thwaites Glacier that until now has been relatively stable could “shatter like a car windscreen”. US and UK researchers are currently engaged in an […]

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Glasgow COP26: Nations strike climate deal with coal compromise

Nearly 200 countries at the United Nations COP26 summit in Scotland agreed to a deal to contain the climate crisis. The final text of the two-week Glasgow talks was finally adopted on Saturday, a day after the talks had initially been scheduled to end and following a last-minute proposed change by India. The change called […]

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New Delhi wakes up to blanket of toxic smog as people defy fireworks ban on Diwali

Residents in the Indian capital, New Delhi, woke up to a blanket of toxic smog, breathing in the most polluted air of the year so far. The city has the worst air quality of all the world’s capitals, but Friday’s reading was the highest of 2021, as people paid the price for defying the fireworks […]

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‘We are digging our own graves’: UN chief Antonio Guterres at COP26 climate summit

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres demanded world leaders act to “save humanity” as they met for the historic COP26 climate summit with code-red warnings from scientists ringing in their ears. More than 120 heads of state and government have gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday for a two-day summit at the start of the UN […]

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Air pollution is more dangerous than previously thought, WHO warns

Air pollution is even more dangerous than previously thought, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. An estimated seven million people die prematurely each year from diseases linked to air pollution, the WHO says. Low- and middle-income countries suffer the most, because of their reliance on fossil fuels for economic development. The WHO puts air […]

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Kim Jong-un calls for urgent action to combat ‘danger’ of climate change

North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un has highlighted the danger of climate change as the country faces a severe food shortage. Typhoons last year badly impacted vital crops, while weeks of drought followed by heavy monsoon rains have damaged them this year as well. He said measures to overcome “abnormal climate” were needed, and also […]

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Weather disasters increase five folds in past 50 years; killed over 2 million people, cost $3.6 trillion: UN

The number of weather disasters driven by climate change has increased fivefold during the past 50 years, killing more than two million people and costing $3.64 trillion in total losses, a UN agency says. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said its “Atlas”, released on Wednesday, is the most comprehensive review of mortality and economic losses […]

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One in three tree species face extension in the wild, report concludes

At least thirty percent – one in three – world’s tree species face extinction in the wild, according to a new assessment. They range from well-known oaks and magnolias to tropical timber trees. Experts say 17,500 tree species are at risk. Conservation groups are calling for urgent protection efforts amid threats such as deforestation, logging and climate […]

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‘Code Red For Humanity’: UN report sounds alarm over irreversible climate impact

The United Nations scientific panel on Monday released the world’s largest, in-depth report into climate change, setting out a stark reality of the state of our Earth. The report was compiled by 234 experts from 66 countries and is the most comprehensive to be released by the UN panel since 2013. The alarming report called […]

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Biden pledges to half America’s fossil fuel emissions by 2030

US President Joe Biden opened a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the United States pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and other big polluters to speed up efforts of their own. The commitment is to cut US fossil […]